Two Conspirators Sentenced in Million Dollar Credit Card Scheme
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Michael Wayne Paul, age 22, of both Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland; and Jennifer Carol Garnsey, age 37, of Glen Burnie, today to 61 months and 65 months in prison, respectively, followed by three years of supervised release, for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from a scheme in which they obtained over $1.15 million in credit, and goods and services worth over $184,000, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Motz also ordered that the defendants pay $238,075 in restitution.
According to their guilty pleas, Michael Paul, Stanley Pope and others fraudulently obtained the names, social security numbers and credit worthiness of individuals without their knowledge from a national cellular telephone service provider. Paul and others used the stolen identity information to open credit accounts at a major retailer. Paul, Garnsey, Stanley Pope and others would then use the credit accounts to purchase goods and services. In addition, they would pay for goods and services for other individuals in exchange for cash.
Initially Paul assisted Stanley Pope in conducting these transactions. Eventually, in May, 2005, he began to fraudulently obtain personal financial information to open credit card accounts for himself.
Garnsey allowed Michael Paul, Stanley Pope and others to use her home to receive the fraudulent credit cards, order merchandise online using the fraudulent credit cards and receive the fraudulently purchased merchandise. Between January 28 and April 8, 2005, Garnsey added herself to credit accounts belonging to one of the victims of the scheme, and paid utilities and other expenses using the credit accounts.
As a result of the scheme, Paul, Garnsey and their co-conspirators fraudulently obtained extensions of credit in excess of $1,115,000, and obtained goods and services valued at over $184,000.
Stanley Pope, age 41, of Baltimore, Leland Glaze, age 33, and Tymetria Queen, age 25, both of Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty to their participation in the scheme. No dates have been scheduled yet for their sentencings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.